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Wind power supporters argue referendum could kill ...

COLUMBUS — Business and environmental groups told state lawmakers Tuesday that subjecting proposed wind farms to votes of the people would likely kill the industry in Ohio. “House Bill 401 is an alarming proposal that would take away landowners’ rights by subjecting wind energy development to a local vote that could result in the cancellation of a project after the permitting,” said Susan Munroe, economic development...

U.S. Annually Uses 388 Million Pounds of Potential...

In all, that means that about one-in-ten American-used pesticides contain ingredients that are either banned, not approved or have an otherwise unknown status in the E.U., China and Brazil. Many of these pesticides have been linked to acute poisoning in the U.S., some of which are considered highly poisonous in high dosages and have been connected to lung damage, convulsions, respiratory failure, coma and even death....

Study Finds Coal Closures Saved Thousands Of Lives...

A new study finds the closure of coal-fired power plants and transition to natural gas generation across the United States over a decade saved an estimated 26,610 lives due to a reduction in air pollution, with about a fifth of those avoided deaths in the Ohio Valley. The coal-rich Ohio Valley states received outsized health benefits from the shift from coal to gas. The analysis found about 5,300 deaths were avoided in ...

Fossil Fuel Knocks the Wind Out of Renewable Energ...

With no shortage of wide-open land, Ohio is ripe for a transition to renewable energy, but instead the state has become a hotbed for corporate-driven attacks on wind energy. As a result of increasingly restrictive laws on renewables, the state was recently ranked second to last among U.S. states in its renewable energy generation, with only 2.3 percent of its energy generated through renewable sources. A closer look at the...

More and more homeowners are renovating existing h...

With the world in an unprecedented climate crisis, many of us wonder what we can do as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint. A significant step could begin at home. In Canada, housing and other buildings account for up to 17% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, “operational emissions” — emissions from the energy used to heat, cool, light and operate buildings — accounts for 28% of global carbon...

U.S.: The coal rebound that didn’t happen

Industry continues to struggle against increasingly competitive market forces Some energy pundits have spoken in recent times of an impending U.S. coal renaissance. The Heritage Foundation trumpeted coal’s “Colossal Comeback” in 2017, and a Wall Street Journal reporter in 2018 wrote of its global “resilience.” Industry executives three years ago credited the newly-elected Trump administration with paving the way for fresh...

Colorado Fracking Study Shows Toxic Chemicals Up t...

Data from a Colorado study finds that people living near oil and gas fracking sites may have heightened risk of nose bleeds, dizziness, headaches and other short-term health effects, according to The Denver Post. Right now, state regulators have set a 500-foot minimum setback distance for residences. Evidence from the study finds that residents living between 500-2,000 feet of fracking sites are exposed to benzene and other...

Amazon Threatens to Fire Employees Who Speak out o...

Amazon employees who speak out about the climate crisis say they have been threatened with firing. Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ) said Thursday that the company’s legal and HR teams had questioned some of their members about public statements they had made urging Amazon to take climate action. Some also received emails saying they would be fired if they continued to speak up. [Read about Amazon employees...

Dispatch from Antarctica: A reporter’s trip reveal...

Energy News Network reporter Kari Lydersen traveled to Antarctica with Homeward Bound, an initiative with the goal of building women’s leadership in the fight against climate change. After her return, she reflected on the significance of visiting a place most people never will, nor should, she says. Journalist Kari Lydersen describes how a trip to the rarely seen continent left her grappling with grave responsibility....

Capitalism – a Self Organizing Structure That Lead...

I have often wondered why no matter how much effort well-intentioned people put into making needed changes in a system such as our economic model, the trajectory remains the same.   Specifically, the power of corporations continues to grow, their methods become more exploitative leading to increasing wealth disparity between the owners and the working class.  And our leaders are determined to keep the economy growing despite...

College Republicans push climate change

Indiana college Republican leaders have joined a first-of-its-kind effort from the youth wing of the GOP to push the party to change its stance on climate. The recently formed lobbying campaign, called Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends, promotes a specific plan that would put in place a gradually rising, revenue-neutral fee on carbon emissions. The revenue from that fee would then be returned to Americans as a...

Stanford Researchers Have an Exciting Plan to Tack...

Things are pretty dire right now. Giant swaths of my country are burning as I write this, at a scale unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Countless animals, including koalas, are perishing along with our life-supporting greenery. People are losing homes and loved ones. These catastrophes are being replicated around the globe ever more frequently, and we know exactly what is exacerbating them. We know we need to rapidly...

Top 10 People-Powered Moments of 2019

To close out 2019, we wanted to do something special. It’s not just the end of the year — it’s the end of an incredible decade of climate activism and a transition to the next. The challenge ahead is enormous, but if this year has taught us anything, it’s that more of us than ever before are ready to rise. So enjoy the top 10 people-powered moments of 2019 from around the world. And for highlights from the...

20 Reasons Why 2019 Gave Us Climate Hope

There’s no question that 2019 was a wakeup call on the climate crisis. Everything from devastating extreme weather events and seeing the planet’s hottest month in recorded history to increasingly dire scientific reports coming out seemingly each week removed any doubt that this global emergency is rapidly escalating. We could hardly blame someone for feeling discouraged. Here’s what we must remember,...

Boxed water, switching straws: How Giant Eagle wil...

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Giant Eagle will stop using single-use plastic bags at its grocery stores in Cuyahoga County beginning Jan. 1, but it’s planning to do more than that to reduce plastic use. The Pittsburgh-based grocery chain will consider new options for straws in fountain beverages at its Get Go gas stations. It will introduce boxed water next year to reduce use of plastic bottles. And it will explore other options...

Trump Administration Removes Federal Database That...

TOXMAP, an interactive online map that used various sources to track toxic pollution across the U.S., disappeared from the internet earlier this month, alarming environmental advocates, according to The Hill. The 15-year-old interactive map was beneficial to researchers and environmentalists. The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institute of Health, hosted it. Some of the information has moved to...

23 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually...

A new year often signifies a fresh start for many people. For some, this means setting health goals, such as losing weight, following a healthier diet, and starting an exercise routine. (Ed. Scroll through them and feel good that you are already practicing many.) However, more often than not, the health and wellness resolutions chosen are highly restrictive and unsustainable, leading most people to break their resolutions...

President Obama on Climate Action: OK Boomer

With all eyes on the United Nation’s Committee of the Parties 25 (COP25) climate meeting in Madrid last week, one couldn’t be blamed for missing the reports of former President Obama’s remarks to an audience of young Asian leaders in Kuala Lumpur. The occasion was a conference hosted by his foundation. What Mr. Obama had to say helped clarify for me why his climate legacy is barely spoken of by today’s youth activists or the...

‘Everything Is Burning’: Australian In...

Australia is on fire. The country on Saturday saw delayed flights on the second day of a national state of emergency due to raging brushfires near every major city and choked-out smoke conditions. Australian reporter Saffron Howden used a map from the Government of Western Australia to show how the blazes have ringed the entire continent. “My god,” Howden tweeted.              ...

The Way Climate Change Unites Us

Welcoming everybody to his farm on a searing August afternoon, Ron Rosmann lets the pleasantries go for 12 minutes before getting to the heart of things. Around him, about 70 growers sit like school kids on bales of hay, braced to hear him. Rosmann has been farming organically for 36 years on western Iowa’s fertile hills, and his voice is as gravelly as the road that runs alongside his land. You might think farming without...